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Pay & Benefits

    Looking for a challenging and meaningful career?

    Want a career with opportunity for growth and advancement?

    Join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD)... a diverse, progressive, technology-driven, metropolitan agency that believes strongly in the principles of crime fighting, community engagement, professional development, equity and inclusion.

    Beyond competitive salaries and benefits, CMPD provides officers with leadership opportunities and comprehensive training to increase their earning potential. CMPD invests in its recruits, and pays officers-in-training a full-time salary while they attend the academy. With 13 different divisions and specialized positions, CMPD offers exceptional room for growth.


bullet point graphicEntry level pay for police officers starts at $46,443, and can top $79,434.

bullet point graphicPay incentives for Associates (+5%, $48,765) and Bachelors (+10%, $51,087) Degrees.​ ​

bullet point graphicVeterans may be eligible to receive VA benefits and supplements.

bullet point graphic20 to 30 vacation days per year (based on years of service with the City of Charlotte).

bullet point graphic12 sick days per year.

bullet point graphic2 weeks leave for annual training for Reservists/National Guard.

bullet point graphic5% pay incentive for proficiency in Spanish.

bullet point graphic5% pay incentive for Police Training Officer status.

bullet point graphicVarious medical benefit plans to choose from as an employee, including Heath Savings Accounts, which can be used for future retiree medical expenses.

bullet point graphicPaid life insurance of double annual salary up to $100,000.

bullet point graphic401(k) provided by the city - 5% of salary contributed by the City for sworn personnel.

bullet point graphicEducation tuition reimbursement program.

bullet point graphicEligible for full retirement benefits from the city and state after 30 years of credible service or at age 55. Sworn employees contribute 6% to Local Government Employees Retirement System.

bullet point graphicWeekly Pay check.

bullet point graphicUniforms and equipment provided.

bullet point graphic6 weeks paid parental leave.

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